The Blind Sheik, or Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, is sitting in prison for plotting to bomb the 1993 World Trade Center in New York City, among other crimes. Andrew C. McCarthy, the prosecutor who helped to bring Rahman and eleven others to justice, is speaking out on behalf of Michelle Bachmann and her brave colleagues, who are asking for an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood occupying high-level positions in the United States government and particularly about their security clearances.
President Morsi told an excited crowd a few weeks ago that he would assure the release of the Blind Sheik, despite the terrorist attempt on US soil, or the fact that his terror organization masterminded the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, or the fact that Rahman had a "close association" with Osama bin Laden, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Obviously, the release of this terrorist is not an option, despite the calls by Egyptian officials.
McCarthy's article is highly critical of John McCain and the others who have pounced on Bachmann and her colleagues. Additionally, McCarthy goes deeper into the family connections of Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood, and gives a list (non-exhaustive) of other government connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
McCarthy points to an article in Spiegel in 2011, which is a fascinating read, if only to be disgusted by McCain's appalling hypocrisy. McCain's opinions "evolved" big time from that article, where he expresses his vehement concern about Obama's "tolerance" to the Muslim Brotherhood potentially taking over in Egypt. Now he seems to be cool if they are not even vetted properly be in the United States government.
One of the most reported aspects of this story is questioning of security clearances, particularly for one of Hillary Clinton's top advisors, Huma Abedin, the perfect poster child for the so-called Islamophobic witch hunt, as she is an attractive and credible victim. At issue is her immediate family, as her now-deceased father, mother and brother all have deep connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. As one article points out, Senator McCain should have stated that "Abedin has already been vetted and has a sound security clearance. But instead, the response was: "How dare you, Michele Bachmann!"
McCarthy points out that asking the question about security clearance "is not remotely unreasonable, nor is it an inquisition into Ms. Abedin's decency and rectitude." He points out that McCain said that the concerns about Huma's connection to the Muslim Brotherhood are "unspecified and unsubstantiated," which is not true, as these connections are well documented, and have been reported openly many times, as Bachmann points out in a letter to Keith Ellison, who has been particularly vocal about what he deems her inquiries to be reminiscent of McCarthyism.
The bizarre and telling thing about this story, is that the inquiries made should be simple to answer. Is security clearance standard across the board? And if not, why? Should it be? Have the rules changed? Why can't Bachmann and colleagues just get answers? Why make it a case about "Islamophobia", (clearly a silly tactic). Is it politics? Perhaps they protest too much for a reason.
Andrew C. McCarthy lists those conservatives who stand firm despite the opposition of so many, facing rabid and unreasonable accusations of operating a smear campaign and ironically, intolerance. They are Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Tom Rooney (Fla.), and Lynn Westmorland (Ga).
History will surely smile on these American Heroes for taking the (unfortunately) unpopular position of ensuring the protection of Americans.